Charles “Chuck” Edward Perrin, the son of Delbert and Mary (Goodwin) Perrin was born June 18, 1927 in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent in Cherokee where he attended school. Chuck attended two years of high school in Fort Dodge while working for the railroad. He returned to Cherokee his junior and senior year and graduated from Washington High School in 1945. Following school, he served in the Air Force and then the Navy where he was a Seabee stationed in Guam. Following his honorable discharge, Chuck worked for the “Bridge Gang” with Kip Nelson for one year and then went to work for the telephone company.
On January 6, 1947, Chuck was united in marriage to Joyce Olson. They lived in Storm Lake for a few years before moving to Cherokee in 1951, when he started farming and became a partner at the Perrin Mink Farm. He continued his love for farming and the mink farm until his retirement. Following the death of his wife Joyce, in 2002, Chuck was united in marriage to Dorothy Schmidt in 2004, in Cherokee. Chuck continued to help Mark with farming part time for the next 10 years.
Chuck was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee and a member of the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253 in Cherokee and served as a past commander. He served on the National Mink Rancher’s Board for eight years and was president for two years. In 1975, he began a four year term with the Cherokee County Supervisors. He had many hobbies and interests. He was an avid golfer and helped start the Quimby Golf Course. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and time spent with family and friends at the Perrin family cabin in Canada. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and swimming. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Chuck passed away at Acura Health in Cherokee at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Mary Perrin; his first wife, Joyce Perrin; one son, Daniel Perrin in 1970; brothers: Delbert “June Bug” Perrin and his wife Tootie, Dana Perrin and his wife Rita, Jack Perrin, and Boyd “Bud” Perrin; sisters, Mary Frances Gates, and Rosemary Roepke and her husband Wayne; brother-in-law, Bob McGowan; sisters-in-law, Doris Hall, Marlene Grunig and her husband Les, and Arleta Cossman.
He will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Dorothy Perrin of Cherokee, IA; children and spouses, Mark (Sue) Perrin of Cherokee, IA, Timothy (Lisa) Perrin of Cherokee, IA, Kelly (Teresa) Perrin of Cherokee, IA, JoAnn Perrin of Cherokee, IA, Judy (Jerry) Slota of Washta, IA, and Dewey (Kristi) Perrin of Huron, SD; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Jana (Matt) Utesch and their children Jaylee and Colton of Washta, IA, Mary (Wade) Cowan and their children, Rebecca and Brody of Cherokee, IA, Rachel (Derek) Simonsen and their children, Ava and Ella of Cherokee, IA, Julia (Tyson) Conley and their children Theo and Alivia of Austin, TX, Melissa (Dale) Friedrichsen of Holstein and their children, Jonathan, Laura, and Caleb, Abby (Nathan) Tentinger of Cleghorn, IA, and their children, Benjamin, Brady, Derek, and Christian; Valerie (Andrew) Cronin of Meriden, IA and their children, Tensley, Easton, and Kyla; and Emily Perrin and fiancé Eli Parsons of Johnston, IA; one sister, Kathi McGowan of Lincoln, NE; two sisters-in-law, June Perrin of Cherokee, IA, and Barb Perrin of Cherokee, IA; and several nieces; nephews; relatives; and friends.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Military Rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253 of Cherokee and the Cherokee Ameican Legion.